Choosing an AYI or babysitter
The following are tips on choosing and orientating a nanny or babysitter:
Choose nannies/babysitters who demonstrate knowledge on how to prevent injuries. They should have taken first aid training or a nanny/babysitting course that includes first aid.
Orient a new nanny/babysitter to your home. Show the him/her the first aid supplies, a book or sheet with emergency telephone numbers, the escape plan in case of fire and how to control heat, stove, lights and fuse box.
- Take your nanny/babysitter to your local hospital or clinic so that they know exactly where to take the child if the parent or parents cannot be reached.
- The nanny/babysitter should not smoke. Smoking is a fire and health hazard. In addition, smoking may cause or worsen children’s colds, flu, asthma and bronchitis.
- Nannies and babysitters should not be expected to do chores. Their concern is for the safety of the child.
- Check out your nanny/babysitter thoroughly. Make unscheduled visits home until you are sure you can trust them.
- Be clear about activities and areas that are off limits to children.
- Leave the telephone number where you will be and the number of a neighbor who could be of assistance in an emergency – keep this by your telephone.
- After the children are put to bed, the nanny/sitter should check them at least hourly.
- Make it clear that the nanny/babysitter should not sleep.
- The nanny/babysitter should not be allowed to entertain friends. He or she is hired to do a job and should not be distracted.
- The telephone should not be used for personal calls. It is for emergency use only.
- The nanny/babysitter should know what the child is doing at all times.
- If possible, avoid asking the nanny or babysitter to give medicine. If you must, give them careful instructions.
Other than training centers in Hong Kong, first aid training in Shenzhen for parents & “Ayi’s” in English & Chinese is only offered by International SOS. Their one-day AHA certified First Aid Training is specifically designed for child minders and drivers. It is offered twice yearly- Contact International SOS for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org